StraighterLine Rings In the New Year with New Features and Courses Planned for 2011

StraighterLine Rings In the New Year with New Features and Courses Planned for 2011

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For Immediate Release BALTIMORE, MD – To enable cash-strapped students to better map their college path, StraighterLine ( announces new courses and course features for 2011.  Already recommended by a variety of course reviewing bodies, StraighterLine will add several innovative course options in 2011. Examples are:

  • Anytime, Anywhere Proctored Testing – Proctored testing with the flexibility and convenience students require for distance education.  Students will be able to choose among several identity verification procedures to best meet the student’s budget and academic needs.
  • Cohort Formats –StraighterLine students will be able to choose between self-paced or group instruction, letting StraighterLine students select the learning environment that best suits their academic and financial needs.

Further, StraighterLine plans to launch an additional 11 courses in the first half of 2011. These are:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (each with lab option)
  • Calculus I (Spanish)
  • Calculus II
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology I & II
  • Psychology

Currently, StraighterLine offers 15 entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Business Writing, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Biology with a lab, General Chemistry 1, General Chemistry 1 with a lab, English Comp I, English Comp II, Accounting I, Accounting II, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Statistics and two developmental courses.

“StraighterLine’s courses are as good, and often better, than many typical online college courses,” says Burck Smith, StraighterLine’s CEO. “Now, students can customize the learning experience to best meet their academic and financial needs. We’re proving that online learning really can ‘bend the cost curve’ of college education.”

With StraighterLine, students pay only $99 per month plus $39 per course started and can move as quickly or slowly through the material as they like.  Students can take freshman and introductory-level classes and save thousands of dollars earning a college degree. StraighterLine courses have been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) and have met or exceeded the Distance Education and Training Council’s standards for online course quality.  StraighterLine’s English Comp I, Calculus I, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics courses have been reviewed and authorized by the College Board as AP[1] Program courses. About StraighterLine StraighterLine is a leader in making a quality college education more affordable. StraighterLine’s programs are a great way to tackle the escalating cost of four-year college tuition and avoid a mountain of student debt. StraighterLine offers two innovative programs. The “Freshman Year for $999” program is designed to help college students and their families address rampant rising tuition costs of college education. Students can take up to 10 StraighterLine courses for a single fee of $999 and realize savings of more than 90 percent versus the first-year tuition at many colleges. Students can also enroll in a subscription package for $99 a month that allows students who can move the material even faster an opportunity for even greater savings. Both programs include up to 10 hours of one-on-one instructional support. Students who successfully complete StraighterLine online college courses receive credit when they enroll with any school in StraighterLine’s rapidly expanding network of regionally accredited partner colleges and universities. In addition, the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT - has also evaluated and recommended college credit for StraighterLine courses. ACE CREDIT helps students gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in settings outside traditional higher education. StraighterLine also offers a tuition assistance program as a benefit for companies to provide to employees interested in earning their college degree. For information, visit or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

[1] AP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement Program, and College Board are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of StraighterLine courses.  Authorization for the AP Program indicates the listed courses have successfully completed the AP Course Audit process administered by the College Board and is not an endorsement by the College Board.

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